By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Flowers were left in the door in memory of a neighbor who died in a fire Saturday night.

The wood frame house in the 800-block of Spring Garden Avenue was engulfed in flames and thick smoke by a fire of unknown origin.

“First arriving units noticed heavy fire on the second floor, the fire escalated to three alarms, there was a report of entrapment,” said Fire Chief Darryl Jones.

Neighbors tried desperately to rescue the 90-year-old occupant identified only as Bill.

“When I first come out, it seemed like all the neighbors were really concerned about Bill, they were trying to kick the back door in – they were hysterical,” said neighbor Bill Joseph.

“Tears coming down people’s eyes, they really cared about him,” he added.

However, he wasn’t able to get out in time.

“Unfortunately we found one male victim on the second floor, he was extricated, however, he was pronounced by the medics at the scene,” said Jones.

The fire caused moderate damage to the home next door.

The cause remains under investigation. Meanwhile, friends continue to mourn the loss of a neighbor who they say was well-like and respected by everyone who knew him.

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